The dog park at Virginia Lake is getting a major facelift, and it's all thanks to local donations. 

When the recession hit, local municipalities had to cut their budgets, and local parks were hit hard. 

"The parks are actually operating at 50% manpower compared to before the recession," said Nathan Daniel, the Executive Director of the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. "The parks department are dealing with the most pressing maintenance issues they have, and a lot of things are deferred." 

Daniel says dog parks are a perfect example of projects that got deferred. 

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation organized the facelift. 

Phase 1 of the project began last week and includes new walkways, new groundcover, and other infrastructure improvements, while the second phase includes new benches, a shade cover, water fountains and even a dog agility course. 

The total cost of the project is between $100,000 and $120,000. 

All of the funding came through donations. Silverwing Development, the company constructing the apartments on the other side of the lake are doing the work on the park .

"Dog parks are not just for dogs," said Daniel. "They're a meeting place for people to get together, talk about issues that are happening  in the city. So you think about a dog park, it's actually a people park is what it is." 

The first phase of the project will be completed by May 5. However, donations are still needed for Phase 2. 

If you'd like to donate, head to the
s website.